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I provide both open and in-house training.  I am a long-standing trainer for the courses run by the Directory of Social Change and have also trained extensively for local Councils for Voluntary Service in England, Wales and Scotland, and for national umbrella organisations. A typical course has 12–20 participants and lasts from about 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  The length, content and timing can always be adapted to meet the particular needs of the participants.

Minute Taking

I have been taking minutes throughout my career, and now have nearly 40 years’ experience as a minute taker.  I have covered almost the full range of meetings, from ones minuted as a civil service officer while working for the Government of Botswana to board meetings, management committees in voluntary organisations and less formal team and working group meetings, including virtual meetings.

I am currently Clerk to the Governing Body at Rushey Mead School in Leicester, taking minutes both for the Governing Body and the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

My first training course in minute taking was delivered in 1995, and I have continued with this as a popular part of my training portfolio ever since, delivering training mainly for voluntary organisations but also from time to time for local authorities and other types of organisation.

Data Protection

Over more than ten years, I have provided Data Protection training to members of staff from well over 1000 voluntary organisations throughout the UK.  Many of the host organisations have found it necessary to arrange repeat courses owing to their popularity, and many repeat the course year after year.  As a follow-up, I offer an e-mail support service, which has resulted in many course participants getting direct, specific advice, in some cases months or even years after the course.

In addition, I have spoken to large audiences at conferences and other events.

What they say about my Data Protection training courses:

“Excellent day, very informative, trainer easy to follow.” North Tyneside

“Once again the feedback was excellent with no adverse comments at all.” Essex

“Everyone found the course very useful and enjoyed your friendly but informative presentation.” South Tyneside

“Your knowledge of the subject, coupled with enthusiasm and skill when delivering the training made the events particularly enjoyable.” Newcastle-under-Lyme

“I really enjoyed the day. It was more interesting than I expected.” Bexley

“He made you think ‘out of the box’. I could have listened to him for hours.” Glasgow

“The training was a complete success. Paul was excellent, the group were all very impressed with his delivery and the pace of the course. The supporting documentation was well written and presented. The content was easily understood and could be applied to the work of the volunteers in their projects.” Dover

“An expert. Committed, interested, not pompous. A privilege to spend the day listening to him.” Hereford

Other topics

While Data Protection and Minute-taking Skills are currently my main topics, I have also delivered training on other aspects of IT and running meetings.  Contact me if you want to know more.